[Radio] We Ask Not Why But How: Taste and perception

Licking-the-Bowl3Food. Think about food. Think about the last meal that you ate. What was it? Where did you eat it? How was the weather? What color plate was it served on?

These questions may seem quite random at first, but it seems that any or all of these may affect the way we perceive and enjoy our meals. What we refer to as the sense of taste is far more complicated than it first appears, so I asked experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence at Oxford University for help in how to get the most out of a meal.

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